Monday, May 31, 2010

Gulf Oil Disaster : Day 42 May 31st ...More Updates later today

Monday May 31st Updates 3PM
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Update From Late last Night MUST SEE VIDEO:::
Tony Hayward was Questioned on CNN regarding Sick Clean Up Workers Workers: here is the Video of him saying that they possibly have "Food Poisoning" .(On Friday Presser Suttles in Presser with Coast Guard tried to blame "Heat " for their illness, although we all know Heat does not cause Chest Pain and trouble breathing.)Please see more in Dispersant Post below.

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Meanwhile here is the Local Media of NOLA reporting that the Shrimpers were out working on Clean Up and were sprayed by Low flying Planes with COREXIT, and they got sick. From a medical stand point it is doubtful that they got Sprayed with Food Poisoning. This links is a must read found by a Gulf resident.Please do read.
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10 AM Post for day 42.....Updates Above

I think none of us at this point can look at the Gushercam or the photos from the Marshes and not have some level of Anger...and distrust...The bigger question is How do we channel that anger into something contructive...something that will help the Gulf ? I don't have the answer....but the photos below are to remind us that the Gulf is a part of us, our history ,
Our Culture as a country...of WHO we are ...it's worth fighting for....After 911 many of us said we are all New Yorkers now...and in a way , a different way, but still a very palpable way...we are all the Gulf now, because what happened in the Gulf could have happened anywhere....a Corporate Ecological Disaster on a mammoth scale...It is up to us to help Our Neighbors and do what is needed to help them, it is the One Right Thing we can do after such a Series of Massive Wrongs...

For Anyone you know who doesn't get the Oil Spill, Ask them to do this graphic, type in your city and watch the Oil Spill Superimposed....It Brings it all home.
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And why Wetlands Matter.....
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How the Gulf is supposed to look and why it's to be treasured.....photo by Gulf Native @ongoliard
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Professor at LSU explains the Fragile Wetlands....

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First off Some Information from MSNBC this am :
(1) New Government Estimate OIlspill gushing daily :12-19KBarrels/day=510,000-807,500 gallons/Day....(may3st,Day 42)
(2) MSNBC via NOAA Hurricanes perdictions this year Total storms= 12-23/8-14 hurricanes/7 major||El Nino effect worsens it,Highest Atlantic Basin temps EVER on record this year.
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I will post more updates later today....please do scroll down below for more information.....plenty there...take your time.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DISPERSANT :HAVE DEADLY AMOUNTS BEEN USED IN THE GULF ?


Original Post on Dispersant COREXIT posted May14th, EPA,CDC,DHHS and OSHA have all been written regarding concerns about this Chemical Compound (both forms). BP is blaming Heat and Food Poisoning for workers illnesses and complaints. Yet the Illness complaints range from chest pain to nausea,vomiting,trouble breathing,rashes,headaches and dizzyness.BP has also not been allowing Workers to wear Respiratory Protection masks. BP has threatened the workers who complain of health issues or and has threatened to FIRE workers who want to wear masks. Workers, worker families, and residents of the Gulf have been having a variety of health complaints.

{ May29 Advoacy Update:::I have gotten NO response back from EPA or OSHA or DHHS.CDC did send me a Flu Shot update letter, and no other contacts or information to follow up with. When I called on the phone I got a Answering Service in India.}
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EPA Water Sampling Results up to May 7th
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EPA Sediment Samplings to May 7th
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Please see Dispersant Ingredients Below-Heavy Metals and Cyanide are extremely toxic to Sea Life and are not being tested for in the EPA results of Sampling Reports above.Necropsy Reports should be done on the dead fish,turtles,dolphins for the dispersant ingredients.
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According to the DeepWater Horizon Response website that was posted by GOSHEP ( Louisanna Governor's Office Reponse Center) COREXIT is being used as a Dispersant sprayed over the Gulf by lowflying planes to break up the Oil. On Thursday May 13th they posted they have used 476,000 gallons so far , with 275,000 gallons still available. Yet after reading the Literature from EPA this raises some concerning questions. ( Approximately 300 dead fish showed up at Dauphin Island,some of the fish were quite large, fullgrown adult fish, as they did not appear oily in appearance, it raised the question could the Dispersant have harmed them ? Could they be tested for the dispersants or their stomach contents, now we know they could be tested for Heavy Metals).

(1) The EPA literature says that the mixture has Solvents,Heavy Metals (arsenic,mercury in PPM that would be toxic to fish)and cyanide.

(2) 476,000 gallons have been used so far, was this amount diluted in any way or straight to surface of water ? The Literature states that small amounts are used per acres to be sprayed 2-10 gallons at a time within 24 hours of moderate spill. The Literature also does not say what happens with larger spill, it reads as though it has not been tested or used in this way before. ( See No5 below and ask has too much been used in the Gulf in a short time ?).

(3) Here is the EPA info about the COREXIT Dispersants EC9527A and EC9500A Dispersants. And more here from EPA is worth a closer read.

(4) Here is the information about the Heavy Metals concentrations ( from EPA info) ( which the fish should be tested)
(Please See Below the Toxins were measured in PPM:Parts per Million, yet for sensitive Aquatic Environments they should be measured in PPB-Parts Per Billion.)
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Compound Concentration (ppm)
Arsenic < 0.005
Cadmium < 0.01
Chromium < 1.0
Copper < 0.2
Lead < 0.1
Mercury < 0.003
Nickel < 0.1
Zinc 0.1
Cyanide < 0.01
Chlorinated Hydrocarbons < 0.01

*** HOW Dangerous is Cyanide to Birds,Mammals and fish Read THIS.

(5) The EPA info alson gives basic guidelines for Usage and Dispersal:

"2. Concentration/Application Rate:
A treatment rate of about 2 to 10 U.S. gallons per acre, or a dispersant to oil ratio of 1:50 to 1:10 is recommended. This rate varies depending on the type of oil, degree of weathering, temperature, and thickness of the slick.
3. Conditions for Use:
As with all dispersants, timely application ensures the highest degree of success. Early treatment with COREXIT® EC9500A, even at reduced treat rates, can also counter the "mousse" forming tendencies of the spilled oil. COREXIT® EC9500A is useful on oil spills in salt water."

(6) Army uses experiment chemical (Dauphin Island) (via Treehugger) Is there a possibility that this Dispersant combined with the Army chemicals ? Someone needs to investigate.
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More from the Post above with Dauphin Islands Updates:
(reported by @Treehugger) Damage is beginning to be measured and seen as it reaches different parts of the Shoreline and Gulf Islands and Barriers. The first Fish Kill is On Dauphin Island,Alabama from last night.
Here is the actual video and footage of the Fish Kill-more than 300 fish, mostly large in Size. The Question is what killed these full grown fish, was it the Oil ? The Fish they ate ? or the Dispersant ? or the Chemicals that were used by the Military near Dauphin Island.

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People in the Gulf are NOW being told to call BP with their finds of Injured or Dead or oily creatures. My Question is shouldn't Federal Fish and Wildlife be collecting the dead and performing Necropsies ? And hopefully before any more of the 217,000 remaining gallons is used Federal Fish and Wildlife will be consulted.
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ProRepbulica has a post up about the Concerns about the Gulf Dispersants ingredients and their effects.
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Updated Post May 29th : EPA still not testing Waters for the Dispersant.No Tests have been done on the Dead Animals that were tested that were not oily, but still should be tested. (It could also be that Independent Scientists or groups are testing. Clean Up workers have gotten ill and OSHA precautions were issued for Oil Products and Fumes, we have not seen OSHA at Conferences or addressing these concerns.
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Dr.Nyman from LSU speaking to the Dispersant issue.

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May 30th Update:
EPA issued an order to BP to stop using this compound on May24th, now BP has continued to use this toxic chemical over 750,000 gallons have now been used. ( or that is all that BP has reported). EPA is testing the Water, and Water Column ,yet they are NOT testing for the COREXIT ingredients in water or air,only Oil,Hydrocarbon compounds. To date OSHA has not issued a Dispersant Precaution Sheet, which raises questions as to whether BP has cleared this with them for training workers.)At this point why is BP being allowed to control the Health part of this Disaster, they have no credentials to handle this part of the Disaster and Clean Up Workers are now being threatened and feeling ill. Yet the DHHS or OSHA or EPA has not stepped in to protect ANY of the Workers Health. May 24th 7 Workers got sick while at sea, they were moved to shore for medical care, 7 were hospitalized, 2 with chest pain. One remains hospitalized. That night the Coast Guard pulled in the entire 125 boat Breton fleet.The Coast Guard did not issue any statements. Weekend Pressers BP and the Coast Guard tried to say it was "Heat" issues.Now tonight Tony Hayward is trying to say it is "Food Poisoning.

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(NewYorkDailyNews article linked) Here is more about Lisa P Jackson of EPA ordering EPA to use less toxic Dispersant, yet in BP Presser on Friday May28th BP announced they are still using Corexit and plan to keep using with EPA's APPROVAL. Coast Guard stood at this presser and nodded and stated that workers that were sick had suffered from the Heat. No OSHA or EPA was present at that presser. This linked NYT article is concerning as workers are already starting to have Health Complaints, it is reminding some of the NY 911 Workers.
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This weekend we also learned via a BP Presser that they intend to set up Floating Camps on the Contaminated Waters and Tent Cities near the Shorelines. They are making the workers work 12 hours shifts and then sleep and eat in the Toxic settings and yet OSHA has said nothing. ( Here is the link to the post on this issue About the Proposed plan for the Clean Up Workers. Before these BP Camps are set up Someone NIOSH or OSHA must have Physicians or Scientists evaluate the Safety of these "Camps" and "Floating Camps". The One Flotel that has been shown has limited Showering and bathroom Facilities, and raises questions about Workers being able to clean skin.But also is it wise to have the workers Sleep in Contaminated zones. And finally the BP CEO's said this weekend that the workers are working 12 Hour Shifts, it would seem that OSHA has rules about Length of Working Hours in Hazardous Contaminated Zones. )
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This weekend 2 Shrimpers that were working in an area and got sprayed by low flying planes have gotten sick. I could not find rules regarding Dispersant being sprayed on workers, good reason would say that Safe Practice does not allow workers to be in an area that is being Sprayed or has just been sprayed. In all photos seen there has been no Masks or respirators on any Clean Up Workers.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gulf Oil Disaster :Day 40 BP's Presser Turned PR Stunt: Must Read Event....

1:30 PM Saturday May29th The Suttles "Clean Up" Conference at the Beach
Doug Suttles held a Press Conference on a Louisiana Beach yesterday , showing up looking casual in a loose button down shirt and ready to update the Press on the Clean Up efforts being deployed.It was one day after the Friday Staged Event in which the President was show a pristine Beach being cleaned by an army of 400 bused in Clean Up Workers. President Obama was steered around the Beach with no interaction with the Workers and one lonely Tarball was examined. Yet we all know that there are Marshes drenched in Oily Goo unprotected by Booms and unvisited by ANY Clean Up Crews. Suttles held the Saturday Presser to "reassure" the Press and the Public that the Obama Beach Tour was "legitimate and not staged". Yet the Presser was full of other pieces of information below that I live-tweeted. (I am still in pursuit of FULL tape of this -please email me link if you find full unedited tape).
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This "Clip" was sent out to Business Journals to assure them the Cleanup was progressing well. It contains some interesting concerning Facts stated by Mr.Suttles : BP is "planning to create Tent Cities for the hired Cleanup Workers and also Floating Cleanup Camps". Yet anyone that works with Hazardous Clean up KNOWS that this is very dangerous to make the Workers WORK 12 Hour shifts with the Toxic Clean Up and then make they sleep at THE TOXIC SITE. Add to this Scenario the Floating Camps would be in harms way with Hurricane Season Fast Approaching. I have to wonder if OSHA or EPA or HLS or DHHS has heard of these Dangerous Plans.

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This video was very hard to find anywhere, and it turns out that it was just a PR stunt-not an actual news event, hence the difficulty retrieving, but the entire press conference was illuminating and some information came from Suttles that we have not heard before.
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Yes, the Name of teh Video is " BP Chief " Clean up is working in the Gulf"
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Notes from the "Presser" which the complete Presser can not be found on Video, so I live Tweeted it and those notes will be below..
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CNN only has a 2 Minute Edited Clip of this presser that was held today at a Beach.( Fourchan I think ) This video was really well made, DO watch closely as Suttles goes on and on waxing on How Well the Clean up is going the film footage is NOT Suttles but of the Thick oily Goo in the Marshes, with a hand trying to pick it up covered in it.Suttles does mention about the Floating Camps and Tent Citiies in both videos.
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YouTube has a little more....

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Other Facts from the First Presser Saturday May 29th Day 40 of the Oil Disaster Spoken by Mr.Suttles
(1) When asked by a Reporter for the Exact amount spent on the Disaster Mr.Suttles stated that 940 Million Dollars have been spent by the Federal Government and that BP INTENDS to reimburse.THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME WE HAD BEEN TOLD THAT BP HAS NOT SPENT ANY FUNDS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FOOTING THE ENTIRE BILL WAITING FOR REIMBURSEMENT ? ( no reporter present followed up on this Question David Mattingly of CNN was present and did ask questions about dispersant. CNN was the only station that ran the Presser live).

(2) He stated that the Dispersants are working because their OWN tests say so, and that EPA has approved of their using the Dispersant currently being used. ( Yet we know as of 5 days ago EPA had ordered them to stop using, it was also concerning he said THEY meaning BP is doing the Testing,yet we had been told by EPA that they were doing the tests of air,water etc,.This issue needs to be clarified.

(3) The Floating Camps and the Tent Cities is an issue that must be addressed, as stated above. Again an issue that reporters did not follow up on or ask questions. OSHA issue and one Clean Up Worker Safety.

(4) Many of the reporters there were thinking it was an Update on the Topkill process, but he would not answer those questions and said that a New Presser set for 4PM would address those "concerns". ( Indeed the 6PM presser was held to address the Top KIll Failure, and that is posted in another post here.

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Enigma Followup Question/Concern: We the public learned this weekend that Prisoners are being used as part of the Clean Up Process hired by BP, no reporter asked regarding this situation, although we have been trying to get more information regarding ALL the Bused in Workers, and their status and care. Their Health is critical and Suttles did say the Clean Up workers are working 12 hour days, there are OSHA Laws to protect their safety and health and wellbeing. BP has NEVER run a Disaster and people's health should not be compromised in this cleanup. OSHA has not been present at any press Conferences that I have seen thus far.

PRISONERS by BP contractor hired to do Gulf CleanUp Work in reputable Southern paper, do read this link.



Gulf Oil Disaster: Day 40 Press Conference on TOPKILL Failure

11 Minute Press Conference held Explaining the TopKill Failure and What happens next. Presser held by BP and Coast Guard on Saturday Evening at 6PM EST.

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Questions that arose during Evening After Presser ( Twitter)
(1) How Many Relief Wells are Being Dug at this Time ? During the Presser it sounded like only ONE was being worked on presently yet according to BP's own Documents and Issued Statements on the 24th of May, TWO wells were being put in place May 2nd one began and May16th the second began. This is a critical issue as the Government and the President had demanded TWO, and there needs to be a Backup well in light of recent events.

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BP's own PressRelease of May24th says TWO Relief Wells already started, 1st Started May2nd,2nd Started May16th. Yet in Press Conferences of May 28th, and May 29th Only ONE well was mentioned.
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Reports and Updates from News Sources Regarding the Failure and What happens Next.
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NYT article examines the Topkill failure and what it means...as Leak continues.
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CBCNews "BP will try new oil cap after 'top kill' fails", has more information of what is planned and happens next in this series of events.
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Meanwhile as this Presser was being held. This article came over the wire from the LATimes regarding a Criminal Probe and investigation of BP that is a Must Read.
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OIL DISASTER IN THE GULF UPDATE: May 29th Saturday Day 40


NASA negative image really show the full extent of the Oil Disaster....(photo and diagram are from @Stallcop or Ron Stallcop)
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PLUME diagram...
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CNN reporter has come to report with NOAA, but this is one of his first photos. ( Rob Marciano )
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Photo from the LiveCam , from Friday Eve, we are trying to ascertain if that is Mud or Mud and Oil coming out at high pressure. Unclear of the Junk Shot effectiveness...
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@WWLTV raises questions about how our Nation is mesmerized by Top Kill video, but is it working?
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Louisiana Marshes....the Booms are not working..5.28.10 President visited the Gulf, spending time in Grand Isle today, many there wish he had visited The People, the Fishermen and gone to the Marshes and really SEEN the Oil.
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4PM UPDATES : Re: BP Press Conferences and has TOPKILL Failed ??
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Latest Attempt by BP to Plug Oil Leak Fails with the TOPKILL process has supposedly Failed. This Post came out this AM from the NYT and it is a MUSTREAD> At 1:30PM Suttles held press conference and did not discuss the Topkill process and said that More about it would be discussed at 4PM.I took notes during the Conference and I will post his words and the Video later this afternoon. The Press Conference and this Article are a turning point in the Events in the Gulf.
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NOLAnews.com says that TOPKILL has not stopped the oil leak and is examining other options.
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From Kate Shepperd : Mother Jones" BP Admits Top-Kill Not Working " has more details.
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4PM Press Conference DUE on TOPKILL....( I will report back after the Presser).

Friday, May 28, 2010

OIL DISASTER IN THE GULF UPDATE: Friday May 28th Day 39

CNN Presser with Suttles of BP...answering questions re. Topkill etc.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

OIL DISASTER IN THE GULF UPDATE: Thursday May 27th Day 38


The "Water" in Louisiana Marshlands : This precious ecosystem is where so many creatures make their home , there is no way to survive with water that looks like chocolate pudding.
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"We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.”~ G. K. Chesterton

Gov. Jindal Boat Tour took a tour on Wednesday with Anderson Cooper,Mary Matlin and James Carville, the disgust on their faces is palpable as they look at the Goo That Gov. Jindal has "Netted". (@GOSEP the Governor's twitter account posted the photos of the tragic tour. Louisiana is now struggling with almost 100 contaminated miles of shoreland.
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Updates Below on Dispersant Issues,Hurricane Issues,Wildlife Issues and BP Problems.
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( NASA photo of Hurricane IKE of 2009)
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As of Thursday Day 38 we know that 29,000 Miles have been contaminated in the Gulf ( as measured by NASA imaging ) and that a 2nd plume has been found moving towards Mobile Bay. The Gusher figures have been revised from the mere 1000 Barrels/day to 5000 barrels a day by BP, NOW Independent Scientists and experts are estimating that the most conservative figure is 12,000 barrels /day. That number changes the scope of this disaster to a starting point of 510,000gallons/day that were spewing for 38 days, that brings the total to over 19 Million gallons. At this point this is the Worst Environmental Disaster that surpasses the Exxon Valdez disaster. ( Please see below as their is a Topkill Update and Post on the latest in attempting to kill the Well.) ( For direct information related to Louisiana do see @GOHSEP on Twitter and read latest update that was sent out yesterday This is the update from the Governor's office and is organized and comprehensive. Officially having Scientists recognize the severity of this Disaster was important after BP had downplayed it for weeks and mislead us about the actual Volume being spewed into the Gulf.
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NOAA released Hurricane Reports and Scientists began Hurricane Preparation related to the Oil Disaster.

(1) NOAA released it's latest reports and predictions related to the Gulf based on warmer temperatures and warmer temperatures in the Gulf Waters, this season is expected to be heavy for storms and hurricanes.With 8 major storms and at least 4-5 Hurricanes of significance. Will the Oil Spill create situation of concern, Scientists are preparing already.
(2) Here is another article on the concerns related to impacts combined with the Oil Spill. Many are already asking will the Oil Load and Dispersant alter the temperature of the Gulf Waters. Some scientists are concerned also based on the 2005 Season which also faced some similar Temperature related problems.
(3) The Guardian has more on this issue of the Hurricanes and Oil Spill impacting each other and and the consequences for the Gulf Coast.
(4) A Weather Website that is a MUST for anyone in Hurricane Country is The Weather Underground and on Twitter they can be found at @wunderground . Yesterday Dr. Jeff Masters weighed in on the issue of Hurricanes in the Gulf with the Oil Disaster,
he does think they will impact each other.
(5) This UPI report has more from Scientists and is worth a read as well.
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Continued Concern for Safety of the Clean Up Workers and Fishermen
Seven Workers were Hospitalized on Wed Evening for a variety of Complaints.
Seven Clean Up Workers were hospitalized on Wed. Eve, for complaints of dizziness, headaches, nausea and chest pain. The Coast Guard removed them and brought them to shore, some were Airmedi-vaced others brought by boat. As a precaution the Coast Guard did also bring in the entire Breton Fleet of 153 vessels. It is unclear if they were in a region that had been sprayed with Dispersant, or was merely oil impacted. OSHA is monitoring the Clean Up workers safety, but it is unclear what they are doing as they have not been present at any Press Conferences that I have seen ( But that might be a media problem, or I missed their announcement). OSHA has issued OIL Precautions , but nothing has been issued as a warning or precautions working near the Dispersant.

Jason Leopold wrote a post earlier in the month about BP's own Track Record with OSHA that is bleak and littered with Violations, and creates new worries regarding the brave fisherman and shrimpers that are trying to clean up the Gulf under BP's "employ".

I blogged earlier this month with concerns about the Dispersant ( COREXIT) that has never been used in such large quantities near marine life or working people.

This is the actual OSHA factsheet that is being used to educate people about the Oil Fumes but as far as I know OSHA does not have a Dispersant Fact sheet.Another concern is about the actual mixture of the Oil with the Dispersant and does it have effects on those working in close proximity.

EPA had ordered that BP not use the Dispersant any longer,but BP has kept on using the toxic dispersant even though there are cheaper, less toxic solutions that could be used. (here is another article about the risks of kidney, liver, respiratory damage that is risk of the COREXIT which is also severely toxic to marine life. It is also unclear if the Clean up workers were being checked for both Dispersant and Oil related ailments. As of 5:30PM conference there was NO EPA or OSHA present, but Mr.Suttles was trying to blame their health issues on the "HEAT".

LATimes had good article about the sickened workers and also pointed out Dispersant concerns, as well as pointed out that the Coast Guard must have had similar concerns for bringing in entire fleet of boats.

Previous post regarding the harmful toxic issues related to COEXIT even siting EPA own factsheets, which to date have still NOT been shared with OSHA.But explains all about heavy metals, cyanide,and more.
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Wildlife Updates
As of Day 38 There have been reported : 417 Dead Birds, 212 Turtles, 24 Dolphins. ( Necropsy's pending, and we are not certain if they are being tested for only oil toxins or also Dispersant Toxins: Heavy Metals,Cyanide, and kerosene byproducts.It is also unclear if BP is reporting all numbers, why Federal Fish and Wildlife are not giving us reports and numbers is also concerning. All injured and dead creatures are to be reported to BP, yet there are trust issues. There are groups that can be followed online and on Twitter that are trying to track the data : Sierra Club, NWF, and IRBBC and even Dawn Dish Soap.Another issue is who is testing the Dead fish that have been found on the Beaches of some of the Barrier Islands. ( reported in earlier posts). There are also 15 parks and wildlife refuges that are also vulnerable and at risk due to the Oil Spill, which also brings up concerns about the Recovery and release of the oiled survivors.

(1) DawnDishSoap Link is full of information about the animals and their recovery and also about which animals are at risk and being cared for. ( And for every bottle you buy $1 goes to helping birds effected by this disaster.)

(2) There has been a discovery of undersea plume off Florida Panhandle. It is important to remember even the marine life is suffering, even though it may not been seen, whether it be from deep sea fish at their spawning grounds or pelicans at their nesting grounds, the effects are huge.
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BP History of Problems......Their Hands are not clean ....
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(1) As reported in the NYT BP used a much riskier method to attempt to seal the well. before the Blast happened that fateful April Night.

(3) BP's Criminal Past: Those who have investigated BP in the past see a familiar pattern... of problems and issues that could also foreshadow this very disaster. ( Click the Link here to see the CBS eveNews Story.)

(4) 2 Refineries in the Gulf closed down due to Safety Issues, and raising more possibilities of more needed inspections.
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(1) Oil Drum was updated in the eve regarding further attempts to close the well with the added "Junk Shot" ( ATop Kill Stage II)

(2) CNN at 7:45 PM aired another Conference with Suttles and he announced Next Phase of TOPKILL was to start and attempt to stop Oil flow at the well. ( It sounded like Junk shot was to be tried, unclear if Muds were done , or why muds were halted. Or what we had been watching on CAM since MN ?

(3) This Science journal had a revised update of the New Stage of the Topkill and what was planned for the night, as of 5:30PM the summary we heard left us wondering what was next, then at 7:45 PM Suttles announced the next phase.
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Please see post below for full update on the first 27 Hours of the Topkill and how situation was handled.Friday more updates will be posted when we learn more. The President is due to go to the Gulf in the afternoon.

OIL DISASTER IN THE GULF UPDATE: TOPKILL update as of 11:30PM 5.27.10



TOPKILL Update 2PM Wednesday May 26th to 1AM May 28th
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Wed.Night :The Topkill had started at 2PM and by MN, it was hour 10 of the TOPKILL and so we were all watching the LIVECAMS and we could still see much billowing brownish clouds, so we were trying to figure out if the Mud was filling the Lines, the Well, was the Pressure being matched to the Oil. (If you read the post below it explains what is supposed to happen with the TOPKILL).
So last night a bunch of us were monitoring the LIVE CAMS of the Topkill operation, especially after midnight and we were trying to figure out if something was wrong, or was the BP CAM looped ? By 3AM a bunch of the feeds were dark and we could not figure out why. At the time we thought it was camera malfunction.

So today, there was no updates by BP on their Twitter page or website or at their LIVECAM page, but the same Camera feed continued all morning. 12:45 PM President Obama gave his presser on the Gulf Situation and through the afternoon we all kept wondering HOW LONG will it take for the MUD to flow, before the Pressure is reached, the oil is stopped and then we can await an announcement from BP saying it was the Cement time.

At 5:30PM CNN took us LIVE to Gulf Press Conference with Coast Guard and BP and MMS. And then Mr Suttles from BP came to the podium and explained that the Mud Part of the TOPKILL Process had been halted at MN ( Hour 10 of the Topkill). Mind you this press conference was Hour 27 of the Topkill and he informed us that the TOPKILL Process had been halted for the past 16 hours and yet NO ONE had been told that ? Not the Media ? Did the Coast Guard know that whole time ? Did BP tell the President before his own Press Conference in the afternoon ? WHO did know ? And why did they wait 16 hours to tell the Public. AND the bigger Question WHAT had all of us been watching on the Cameras for 16 hours ? LOOPED VIDEO ?

So at 7:45 PM Suttles came out and held another Press Conference and announced that The Process was Staring again with the Junk Shot. And that was the last we heard. LINKS to both pressers will be put Below.

Please know I am just a nurse, a concerned citizen trying to pay attention and learn what I can and share with others...I have no oil history, I did live in a Place that survived a Pipeline Explosion, so I do appreciate how dangerous the Industry can be , and how dangerous it can be for the residents and the Clean Up workers...So I care and blog and hope that we can all learn more to help the Gulf with this Disaster.

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(1) The Oil Drum online and via Twitter has been a really good source for information about the Processes involved with the topkill with graphics and details. Still pretty hi tech and complicated, but over all very helpful.
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(2) This is the LINK to the actual CNN 7:45 Press Conference with BP Suttles explaining Stage II the Junk Shot.
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From NEWSER (7PM):
(NEWSER) – The "top kill" operation is on hold, and oil is still gushing from the floor of the Gulf. BP says it hopes to try again later tonight. News of the suspension, first reported by the New York Times in the late afternoon, came as something of a surprise after a day of generally positive reports about the operation in the Gulf. In fact, the company had halted the "top kill" about midnight Wednesday after twice pumping dense mud into the well.

A spokesman said engineers paused to assess the plumes, and company officials believed they made some progress, reports the Washington Post. "I think some people believe it has. Some people believe it's less obvious it has. What we do believe we've done is successfully pumped some mud, some of this drilling mud, into this wellbore," he said. "What we do know is that we have not yet stopped the flow."
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(3) New York Times has update regarding Stage II of the Topkill Operation and what happens next.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

OIL DISASTER IN THE GULF UPDATE: Day 37 May 26th:TOPKILL


Latest NASA SAT image shared by @CrisisMappers and @NASA ( This image clearly shows the size of the Slick and how it is still entering the SE LOOP which has Hurricane Season approaches with First storm in Atlantic, creates pressure for the TOPKILL to stop this Leak as soon as possible.)
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The TOPKILL BP Process is planned for today,and should take 48 hours, and PREP began last night during the night, this diagram was found on Internet, explains the process. It is unclear at this point if the Live Videocams will still allow us to watch this process. This is the first time EVER this process will be deployed in Deep Water and with the methane/hydrate issue.....(Stay tuned I will post more info on this later tonight). After looking at diagram above click to this diagram of Deepwater riser and other parts on seabed; pics will make Topkill lmuch clearer.H/T to Avivao on twitter for finding this. )

AS OF 7AM THE TOPKILL IS IN HOLD PATTERN....waiting to post updates, I will add in the Comments and also to this post.
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"Top kill" a tricky maneuver from LATimes has more about the actual plan for the TopKill tomorrow, it has some details that are helpful to know, that include about the Pressure issues, Mud Ingredients and why the Junk Shot may be part of the process. ( On Twitter we learned this evening that under pressure BP will be allowing the Livecam to show the Process. )

Snippet From LATimes Article :
Here's how it will work:

Heavy mud will be forced into the well to counteract the upward pressure of the leaking oil and gas. Then cement will be poured in after the mud to seal the opening.

If for some reason the mud alone cannot push down the oil, BP officials said they might also try to stop the flow with a "junk shot" filled with golf balls, among other objects.

Success of the venture will depend on loading enough mud and cement into the well to stop the surge of oil and gas — a tricky proposition. Iraj Ershaghi, director of the petroleum engineering department at USC, estimated that the upward pressure was likely to be about 9,000 pounds per square inch. At a depth of 5,000 feet, the water pressure bearing down on the leak is about 2,500 pounds per square inch, he added.

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{{ Last night on Twitter we actually got a response from an operator with the Topkill Crew, the total pressure coming out of the seabed well broken pipes venting, 9000 psi that includes gases and the actual oil.I have not seen that number in the Press or said by BP but that is what a Topkill worker informed us. }}
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From Oil Drum this website has full explanation of the TopKill , please do read, it explains the engineering of this Effort and how it should work. CNN and MSNBC experts have reported that the effort only has 60% chance of working, but it is an effort worth taking, because otherwise there is only the continued building of the 2 relief wells and they won't be completed until August.
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GUSHERCAM WEBSITES FOR LIVE COVERAGE FROM SPILLZONE
BP's own site:LIVE Webcam
( NYT/CNN ) LIVE CAM
*{ This is the Cam Link that was finally posted after Markey and Boxer worked so hard demanding BP let Experts and Public SEE the actual Flow from the Site. Now a Panel of experts has been assembled to examine footage and estimate Daily Flow. Please see Friday's post below to learn more. Sunday Night there were problems with the LiveCam- which we are hoping was Camera Malfunction.Today both cameras are up, people on Twitter are monitoring for increased plumage and more debris falling at site. People on Twitter are also watching trying to ascertain that the feed is not LOOPED.}
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From @BP_America BP will continue to provide live video feeds from seabed thruout the planned TopKill op. This website was posted and it will post updates.
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(( Last night we had if confirmed that some of the cameras are on different angles and views, the NYT/CNN camera is the best,BP camera at time still is looking LOOPED. ))
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This article explains why the DOME failed and also explains the risks of the methane and More re: Hydrates ,ice crystals under pressure, and other repair issues, and explain why the TOPKILL process is different involving MUDS and CEMENT and more pressure issues.
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Enigma note: Thank you to all the Twitterfolks that stayed up last night and monitored camera feeds and kept updates from 11PM on as the Preps began.Incredible group of people trying to keep information accurate and current and they also have contributed greatly to bringing Data forth for this blog.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

OIL DISASTER UPDATE: Day 36 May 25th


( Boston Globe BIG PICTURE May 22nd,2010 )
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The enormity of this Disaster....from the smallest victim to a Ship looking like a Spec of dust against the Oil Slick...

(May 12th Boston Globe photo)
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This article appeared in the NYT this morning, the Federal Inspector may have been on crystal meth when inspecting and checking the Gulf oil platform. Do read this attached article, it is a must read.
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CBS Evening News Monday 5.24 With Katie Couric in the Gulf

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NBC Evening news Monday 5.24

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The TOPKILL BP Process is planned for tomorrow, this diagram was found on Internet, explains the process. It is unclear at this point if the Live Videocams will still allow us to watch this process. This is the first time EVER this process will be deployed in Deep Water and with the methane/hydrate issue.....(Stay tuned I will post more info on this later tonight).
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"Top kill" a tricky maneuver from LATimes has more about the actual plan for the TopKill tomorrow, it has some details that are helpful to know, that include about the Pressure issues, Mud Ingredients and why the Junk Shot may be part of the process. ( On Twitter we learned this evening that under pressure BP will be allowing the Livecam to show the Process. )

Snippet From LATimes Article :
Here's how it will work:

Heavy mud will be forced into the well to counteract the upward pressure of the leaking oil and gas. Then cement will be poured in after the mud to seal the opening.

If for some reason the mud alone cannot push down the oil, BP officials said they might also try to stop the flow with a "junk shot" filled with golf balls, among other objects.

Success of the venture will depend on loading enough mud and cement into the well to stop the surge of oil and gas — a tricky proposition. Iraj Ershaghi, director of the petroleum engineering department at USC, estimated that the upward pressure was likely to be about 9,000 pounds per square inch. At a depth of 5,000 feet, the water pressure bearing down on the leak is about 2,500 pounds per square inch, he added.

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More updates later....Scroll down for more...

Monday, May 24, 2010

OIL DISASTER UPDATE: Day 35:Monday May 24th Gusher still going Strong,NOAA Issues 1st Hurricane Update


Scientists found this oil-coated adult loggerhead turtle Thursday off the coast of Venice after an aerial survey directed from Houma. ( From the HoumaNewsBlog, please see Turtle Update in the Wildlife Update Section below).
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Quick Enigma Note: This post was put together late last night, with many helping to gather information via Internet and Twitter of Weekend Gulf Updates as the Oil Slick hit the Shores and Marshlands. I am so grateful for the many helping hands and minds of Twitter.Thank you. I will try to not post Dead Oiled Animals, but I did want to post this Oiled Turtle being rescued and cared for. Do see More at Boston Globe's BIG PICTURE.
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***WEEKEND UPDATES FROM THE GULF
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Saturday May 22nd Eve news:
CBS More of the Slick moves on shore, Concerns about the Government's role continues...

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NBC evening News ( Saturday May 22):

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HURRICANE UPDATES (now to be included with Oil Slick Updates
We have been waiting for NOAA to issue it's first Hurricane Updates, with Maps, Images and projections, that was due to come out June 1st. I did read last week that USGS, NOAA and others were meeting to assemble data and examine this situation (Twitter). Late Last Night NOAA issued first Hurricane Update ( not Storm, but Hurricane forming in the Atlantic that bears watching at this point , solely because of the gulf Situation). NOAA issued this first update and it shows the storm formation out past Bermuda, and it looks to be moving in that direction, hopefully it will not move into Gulf. The reason this season is of such concern is that like 2005 there are Warmest Temperatures on record, which impacts the Hurricane Season. People have been asking why do Hurricanes impact the gulf Situation, it is because with large underwater Oil Cloud formations in the Sea combined with the Current, it sets up a very complicated situation for the entire Gulf Coastline.

To read more and understand better Times Picayune ( NOLA.com) has first article up about this Atlantic Storm forming, and explains why it matters for those in the Gulf.
CRITICAL: From another perspective it would be and is important that the NASA Sat Photos be analyzed and overlaid with the NOAA Hurricane Images and Trajectory Maps, especially comparing the SE LOOP Currents and the Storm Maps in the Gulf. This would help to estimate where the Oil Slick could impact Shorelines on Gulf Coasts during Hurricanes.
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GUSHERCAM WEBSITES FOR LIVE COVERAGE FROM SPILLZONE
BP's own site:LIVE Webcam
( NYT/CNN ) LIVE CAM
*{ This is the Cam Link that was finally posted after Markey and Boxer worked so hard demanding BP let Experts and Public SEE the actual Flow from the Site. Now a Panel of experts has been assembled to examine footage and estimate Daily Flow. Please see Friday's post below to learn more. Sunday Night there were problems with the LiveCam- which we are hoping was Camera Malfunction.Today both cameras are up, people on Twitter are monitoring for increased plumage and more debris falling at site. People on Twitter are also watching trying to ascertain that the feed is not LOOPED.}
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Times Picayune has more this morning regarding BP's plan to attempt the TOP KILL Project to Cap leak, at the earliest the Process has been made to start on Wednesday ( it has been delayed twice, not sure why).It is important to recognize that this Process has never been done in Deep Water region, or underwater in these conditions, and with such presence of Methane and Hydrates or with an active gusher like this one. ( This will be the forth attempt by BP to stop Leak. It is also to be noted that according to reports, the Siphon is not working as well as of Sunday night and is siphoning "less".) ( Sunday morning is when BP admitted that the Siphoning Process was not working as effectively, you can read more here.)
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WildLife and EcoSystem Updates:
(1) Over Weekend Washington Post posted this graphic which helps educate what Oil does to salt marsh ecosystems and its effects on birds and all wildlife. This post is especially important as now Grand Isle, many Barrier Island off Louisana and 54 Miles of Louisiana Coastline is Directly impacted with the Oily Goo of the Oil Slick
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(2) US Fish & Wildlife Service reports 32 Nat'l Wildlife Refuges are at risk from the the BP Oil Slick. This is a critical issue, because as the Recovery and Rescue of the injured wildlife continues, it raises questions of where to release them, but also the future fate for thousands,maybe millions of creatures.
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(3) Local Louisiana Stations are reporting of the Slick and the Pelican Nesting Grounds, especially on Cat Island.Please click the link to learn more about this.( I won't post oily Pelican photos-sorry-it's too graphic ) If you want to learn more about the Risk of Oil to the Nesting Areas please do read this attached post.
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Biologists find more oiled sea turtles.The number of Dead Turtles total is over 166 as of now, but the oiled Turtles that are found are not all dead, there are Rescue operations ongoing. The Turtles are of different kinds, Kemp Ridley,Loggerheads and Sea Turtles are all sensitive to this oil in the Gulf, as they have to swim in it, and they are Deep Swimmers as they look for food. The Effects of the Dispersant are a huge risk to them as well

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Health Issues
I am still passing this OSHA FactSheet around Twitter and the Internet because it has Facts regarding being exposed to the Oilspill and FUMES. HLS and DHHS are still not issuing any warnings or Facts sheets-we are now 32 days into this crisis, so I don't know what they are waiting for at this point. If you want to share the info I will put it in comments so you can Twitter. Meanwhile the Fishermen that are assisting in the Clean Up Operations are having health effects and problems that they are not sure if they are related to Oils or Dispersant. EdBlizzard's huffpo post on GulfWorkers feeling effects is a must read. OSHA is involved, but there is no care or agency for the Residents yet. Volunteers for America is going down this week to set up help centers for the Gulf and assist with psychological care and other needs. But as of yet there is still No Hotlines for the Physical Symptoms of the fumes reaching shore. (( As a Nurse I am encouraging people with existing Conditions, Immune disorders, Heart and respiratory conditions to limit time outside and spend time indoors if they smell fumes, and to use AC and filtered air.)
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More MUST READS from the Weekend:
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From @Unclo he points out that if People want to boycott BP, they need to boycott other entities as well, ARCO, and AM/PM shops as well, you can read more from the post he sent me. Please think on it.
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As this Disaster unfold it is important to recognize that it is being watched Worldwide.(I am grateful I got emails and links sent to me from all over -from Indonesia, Japan, UK and Australia to name a few.) This attached article is from the UK, from The Independent "The Black Hole in the Gulf."
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Tom Foreman CCN writes Letter to the President that is much better than mine down below, I hope more and more do write to the President about this Disaster.
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"Kevin Costner and His Brother Helping to Clean Up the Oil Spill" Is a Must read. BP is listening and working with this actor who spent 20 years investing in the Oil Seperator Technology that might help this situation. For those of us that went to see WaterWorld, we now know that our going to his movies was actually a good investment to help this Disaster. It's Ironic and poignant.
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Oil spill video: Times-Picayune reporters give latest updates and coverage.
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Audobon Magazine has update on sealife,
Spill update: Oil might've killed 87 sea turtles, 18 birds, 6 dolphins; oil industry tax hike; leak video.

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Once again Huffington Post has devoted a whole page to this situation. It is to be noted that Think Progress and Truthout and Raw Story and many other blogs have really been tracking Whistleblower concerns, Animal damage and reports from the Gulf States.
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Seafood Resturantes and Suppliers have already started to Sue BP, this has not been reported by Big Media, but local media on the Gulf is starting to Report.
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If you want to help,Volunteer or Donate you can still read more of this post. Thank you for caring for the Gulf.
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Please do scroll down as all the posts below explain about the Volume and the Sat photos explain about the Oil Spill Entering the SE Loop.
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Many Other Blogs,Internet News are doing great job with Updates: Truthout,SkyTruth, HuffingtonPost,Think Progress, and the Times Picayune, and @GOHSEP are Daily Greats.
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More Updates later.....taking break for now...

Working on New Gulf Oil Disaster Weekend Update : Should be up by 4PM...stay tuned


(From NOLA resident Karen... found on Twitter last night..... It says it all...)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dear President Obama , A Letter about the Gulf Disaster...


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"We are tied to the ocean and when we go back to the Sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came."~ John F. Kennedy
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( Note to readers,friends: This letter was sent today, and posted over Enigma Cafe early this am, I have decided to move it here. I have tried to post unbiased reports and updates.But I need to post this.In my earlier post I encouraged that we all write and call President Obama. We all did write letters and call during the HCR debate and I think it helped the President to refocus.)
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Dear President Obama,
Millions of us worked to get you elected. We worked for you because we believed that you were the kind of man that when Trouble came Knocking you would be up to the challenge. A man of wisdom, integrity,and a man wise enough to have the Integrity to listen to Wisdom. There is Trouble knocking, but there is also Wisdom knocking on your door, and I worry you are not listening. Millions of Americans are watching the Disaster in the Gulf unfold. Many are Scientists who are worried about the Situation because they have the Wisdom to see what is going on and what it holds in the Future.

Millions of People need answers and assurances that your Leadership is committed to Them, but placing BP in charge of the Disaster the message to the People is that BP a Corporation is more important than them. For the Gulf residents that were abandoned, shunned, lied to, exploited and mistreated during and after Katrina, your Leadership is Critical at this time. Instead they have been given a BP hotline for everything for Dead Oiled Carcasses, Fume Reports and Questions about Seafood. And they have watched BP lie about the Gusher and yet they are supposed to call BP for wounded animals ? And they see that EPA is working with BP while hundreds of thousands of gallons of Toxic Dispersant are poured into their gulf. Yet has your administration reached out to the Fishermen , the Shrimpers, the Workers in the Gulf ? Have you offered them relief and Programs for this situation ? ( Again FEMA, National Guard, HLS have been sparingly sparsely committed and silently deployed) This is your moment to historically provide Aid and relief.

So far those Scientists have had no avenue to share their concerns and their skills. They have merely been tossed the BP phone number and told to leave a message. In this kind of Crisis Energy, Vision and Scientific Expertise should be harnessed and utilized. There are Scientists who have worked to protect the Gulf for years and now they would problem solve to save it or try to save what is left of it. ( Woodshole, Oceanography Programs across the Country, Engineering Programs ).Scientists who work with National Geographic and Sierra Club, NWF, NRDC etc all have people who have studied and prepared and protected Ecosystems for years they are not compromised by Greed of Oil Laden ambitions.

You have been given your first American Disaster of Epic Proportions and it was created by Corporate greed and mistakes.Yet the Company that is Responsible for the Disaster is still controlling the Crime Scene. 11 Good Men died in an Explosion and yet instead of hearing that the Justice Department is Investigating Americans are told that BP is now in charge of the Disaster. Can you see how unjust and corrupt that appears to Americans ? I have read the Justice Department is in NOLA,but you as President need to Announce that the Justice Department is investigating this Event and the Oil Slick.

Your Administration and even you should be giving Daily or bi-daily Briefings with NOAA, Coast Guard and EPA and DHHS issuing accurate Unbiased Uncompromised information regarding this Oil Slick. Hurricane Season is fast upon us, and this is your chance to help people prepare and work together to prevent panic and distress.

Mr.Gibbs has been mishandling the Pressers, mocking and dismissing Reporters concerns.Yet the Press Corps has been asking the same questions as millions of Americans have been asking. You need to acknowledge this anger, this frustration and angst. Americans watched on their TVs on May 18th when a CBS reporter was threatened with arrest for photographing Marshland Slime. The Reporter was told by a Coast Guard official that "BP is in charge". In that moment millions of Americans had their worst fear confirmed. BP not only owns the Disaster, they own the Gulf and Our Government Supports and Condones BP being in charge of this Disaster. The Message was that the Government has submitted Power to BP. And the Presser with Gibbs on the 20th and 21st confirmed this fear.

The Press needs to be able to report, interview Scientists, Fishermen, Residents and to take photos of the Dead Animals, the Damaged Gulf. This Crisis needs transparency and honesty and action. Silence will only be construed as part of the BP Coverup at this point. After numerous Coverups under the Bush Administration and 8 years of Lies, Americans are smart enough to KNOW they want Honesty and Leadership during this Disaster. We need you to do the Right Thing Now, Declare it a National Emergency.

Signed,
Just a Mom, Nurse,.....
Posted to the White House Website and mailed May 22, Day 32 of the Disaster in the Gulf


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Other People wrote excellent Letter to the President...must reads. If you find more please do send them to me.
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CNN :Tom Foreman's Letter to the President from May 22nd Eve. "Dear Mr. President #488 "In the name of the law, stop that oil!"
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Here is a Must Read Letter by @Karoli , she really explains what is needed and mut be examined. Excellent Letter, share too please.
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Paul Burke wrote a very poignant letter to the President the first week of the Disaster, April 29th. A friend in the NW sent it to me to point out that people have been watching and dreading what happens next.Sadly this post is prophetic.
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This Must Read Letter to the President was written May 4th ( sent to me by a NRDC supporter). It is from the Switchboard, written by Frances Beinecke’s Blog "Three Steps Obama Should Take to Prevent Future Oil Disasters". The Switchboard is the Blog for the Staff of NRDC. This article clearly points out steps that could have saved the President alot of work at this point, and improved the approach to the Slick now slamming the Gulf Coast.
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Sierra Club has posted a link that people can contribute their own thoughts or letter to the President about the Oil Disaster. and if you want to follow Sierra Club's work and ongoing updates on the Gulf Disaster you can click this link and learn more.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

OIL DISASTER UPDATE: Friday May 21st Updates

Latest NASA photo from Space....Clearly showing the SE LOOP ( NOAA needs to update Fishing Maps)

To put this into perspective Hurricane Season is approaching,so what happens with this Slick is a dire situation. The Actual Slick is the size of 2 New Jerseys, or ALL of Maryland and Delaware combined.Read below about the Slick Slamming Louisiana Shores.
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Quote of Week : James Carville on AC360 about Tony Hayward of BP "It's Criminal Negligence....about Tony...He needs to lawyer up,shut up, and pay up,start writing checks"
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{Below Latest Scientist Reports, Photos, LIVE-CAM Link,and More Updates on Disaster }
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LIVECAM of the Gusher(s), there clearly appears to be atleast two "leaks",both are on the Seabed and both are gushing,there might even be a 3rd leak behind. ( I know BP said that the 3rd leak was under control-but I thought I saw a 3rd gusher in the background. I also think at some point Rep.Markey should request a video of the siphon. It appears that BP is showing the Scene from different cameras-which means that they either have different cameras or are choosing different footage to show.It is a shame that there is no date and time on the footage that would help. It seems that experts could look at this footage and estimate the Volume per hour. A Purdue Scientist, Steve Werely has estimated that the actual volume may be as much as 90,000 barrels/day which is horrendous. There is no plan to stop the Leaks as of tonight, the Top Kill (drilling mud plan) has been delayed until atleast Tuesday they said on the evening news,but no reason was given.
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Countdown "Coverup" story about Scientists Concerns...Taylor Kircshenfeld a Mississippi Scientist explains his concerns regarding Lab tests and more....

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@SkyTruth on twiter wisely pointed out the Math, that the
Purdue scientist now estimates BP Oil Spill rate is 4 MILLION gallons per day based on new video of both leaks.

( There were numerous articles by the end of the week about the assessments of the Video, strikingly, NONE of the Scientists agreed with the 5,000 barrel/day estimate given by BP, here's more from the Scientists estimates in YahooNews.
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Health Issues
I am still passing this OSHA FactSheet around Twitter and the Internet because it has Facts regarding being exposed to the Oilspill and FUMES. HLS and DHHS are still not issuing any warnings or Facts sheets-we are now 32 days into this crisis, so I don't know what they are waiting for at this point. If you want to share the info I will put it in comments so you can Twitter. Meanwhile the Fishermen that are assisting in the Clean Up Operations are having health effects and problems that they are not sure if they are related to Oils or Dispersant. EdBlizzard's huffpo post on GulfWorkers feeling effects is a must read. OSHA is involved, but there is no care or agency for the Residents yet. Volunteers for America is going down this week to set up help centers for the Gulf and assist with psychological care and other needs. But as of yet there is still No Hotlines for the Physical Symptoms of the fumes reaching shore. (( As a Nurse I am encouraging people with existing Conditions, Immune disorders, Heart and respiratory conditions to limit time outside and spend time indoors if they smell fumes, and to use AC and filtered air.)
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CBS Evening News : Grand Isle has at least 7 Miles of Oily goo on beach with No HELP....It's An Island-and NO ONE has been sent? No National Guard? No one?

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CBS is still getting hassled for trying to take photos and report the Oily mess on the shores of Louisiana Journalists and reporters should not face harassment for trying to report from a Disaster ZONE.
Mac McClelland of the Mother Jones is there and she and Miami Herald also were hassled by Parrish cops while trying to report and take photos.
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Here is one MUST READ post today by a Local gulf Resident Karen Beninato "WTF Human Chain spells out the Human Toll" She sites the reality and the humanity of the Situation. I am still amazed that NO MSM has thought to go interview Shrimpers, Fishermen and ask them their thoughts and concerns.
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The other Must Read is this Editorial from the NYT "More than just an Oil Spill".
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BBC has more about the Planned Commission that the Whitehouse has ordered to Investigate, the Explosion and the Continued Leaks. ( I am using BBC's article-so far it is the most detailed). AP has more about Graham and Reilly being asked to join the Panel and start the Investigation.
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Governor Jindal is reporting that 54 Miles of Coastline have been slimed by Oil at this point 32 days into This Crisis, now that the Oil has hit the Shorelines.
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We need to start thinking and talking about the Shrimpers and Fishing Community of the gulf. They have to choose what to do, should they risk their lives and boats to help BP with the Cleanup or should they sit and watch the Black Tides kill their livelihoods ? Why is No One there providing Mental Health Services and Care and addressing that an Entire Industry is scared, confused and in dire need of Attention during this Crisis ? WHY ? Shouldn't FEMA, HLS and DHHS recognize that people need Leadership and Comfort, and that is NOT BP's role ? Second Harvest is already begging for Donations as the Fishermen ususally live week to week, and now need FOOD for their families. WHY is MSM ignoring this Crisis for the Gulf Residents ? Please call and write to media and the Government this week. ( Hat Tip to Shannyn Moore and Jamie Harbor for posting this link on Twitter).
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Oil spill video: Times-Picayune reporters give latest updates and coverage.
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Audobon Magazine has update on sealife,
Spill update: Oil might've killed 87 sea turtles, 18 birds, 6 dolphins; oil industry tax hike; leak video.

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Once again Huffington Post has devoted a whole page to this situation. It is to be noted that Think Progress and Truthout and Raw Story and many other blogs have really been tracking Whistleblower concerns, Animal damage and reports from the Gulf States.
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Seafood Resturantes and Suppliers have already started to Sue BP, this has not been reported by Big Media, but local media on the Gulf is starting to Report.
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If you want to help,Volunteer or Donate you can still read more of this post. Thank you for caring for the Gulf.
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Please do scroll down as all the posts below explain about the Volume and the Sat photos explain about the Oil Spill Entering the SE Loop.
More Updates later.....taking break for now...
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Saturday May 22nd Eve news:
CBS More of the Slick moves on shore, Concerns about the Government's role continues...

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NBC evening News:

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From @Unclo he points out that if People want to boycott BP, they need to boycott other entities as well, ARCO, and AM/PM shops as well, you can read more from the post he sent me. Please think on it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

OIL DISASTER IN THE GULF : DAY 31 OF OIL SLICK AS IT REACHES SHORES...


In Louisiana it is time for the Pelicans to go to their Breeding grounds, but the Oil Slick has now reached the Louisiana's Shores.People on Twitter have been writing to BP begging and nagging them to use HairBooms ( MatterofTrust.org) and Hay and Absorbent Booms. Scientists are worried about the 600 Species at risk in the wetlands, marshes and Gulf. It was hoped that BP would use any and all tactics to absorb the Oil and Stop the Leak. There is too much at stake. In the Photos below today photos were take of the Oil , but also how Some Absorbent Booms laid out might help protect the Coastline.( Today's Post is all about the Oil Slick reaching the Coastlines and Shorelines in Louisiana , yesterday's post is about the Dispersant and Volume Issues, and Health and Wildlife Updates).
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Coastline with NO Absorbent Booms, you can clearly see how damaging the Red Oily Goo is ( BP describes it in the brochure as "Mousse", it looks nothing like mousse, it clearly looks toxic. These three photos are from Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

Oily Red Gooey Blobs have reached the Shores in Louisiana, it's really striking and very visible. On the BP hand outs ( I will include link on bottom of page-BP says that it wants to "verify" the Oil, and that it "might be easily confused with Algae" -yes they said that....) To me , even miles away , it is obvious that the Blobs on this Beach are indeed OIL. Governor Jindal's office of Emergency has a photo slideshow of the damage to marshes and wetlands that is a must see.
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More Booms-some sort of shredded Fiber being used ( I will be following up with the Photographer to ask about the Fibers and absorbent Booms deployed on this shoreline). The Governors Office has been giving updates on the Situation on Twitter, @GOHSEP , they have continued concerns about shortage of boom west of MS river, pushing the @USCG & @BP_America for more Booms and better protection.
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Wed. May 18th, Booms deployed on shoreline-3 Types- Even HAY piles. I am encouraged to see ANY and ALL Absorbent Materials Tested and tried, I would point out by the Brown Pelican nesting grounds and other birds nesting grounds to be really careful and not use Materials that Looks like GOOD bedding for the Pelicans, hopefully the International Bird Rescue and Audubon experts are being dialogued with.
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CBS Evening News had been threatened with Arrest when they tried to film Oil reaching Louisiana's Shores last night, but today they filmed and brought us the story. CBS,Sharyl Atkinson and Katie Couric have continued to investigate and report this unfolding story of the Gulf,covering the Impact on people, the ecosystem and the Fishing Industries.Do watch this Video below as Governor Jindell as he sees the Damaged Shoreline and wetlands.

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BP Official Bob Dudley speaking on PBS today saying that "Leak will be capped in about a week" .He is saying this as of Day 30,
and we still don't know how much Oil has been spewed into Gulf.

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Must read Article by Bill Finch called "The Slick We Didn't See" asks many of the questions that so many have been asking , especially Scientists as to why BP is not really attempting to STOP the leak-merely slow it ?" and really not examining all that damage that is occurring by the hour.
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Truthout has been doing an amazing job tracking the Oil Disaster as for lack of monitoring, and exploring the dangers with other Rigs. Jason Leopold did an amazing post with a Whistle blower from the Atlantis Rig, and now he has a new post up tonight that raises new concerns about Other Problems with BP that again were not properly investigated by the Bush Administration. "How Bush's DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials." is a MUST READ.
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MORE UPDATES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW:
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Other Updates from this Week
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Kevin Costner has been working on investing in an Innovative Company that is studying Oil Seperation. He is willing to put more money into this research and help the Gulf. Do read this link about his efforts, it would be wise at this point for everyone to be willing to be creative and help the Gulf. I hope that BP, NOAA , EPA and the Coast Guard realize that Disasters of this scope require Transparency and Problemsolving involving the Public.
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Oil Drum has the latest updates on the Siphon process that is worth reading and the Comments are really educational as well. I for one am very confused, if they are gathering one or two thousand barrels a day, but if they are Siphoning and collecting that oil,shouldn't there be easily accessible Data ?
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LA Times has their latest update and it focuses on what the efforts are and how the slick is presenting new challenges.
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Another copy of the Full Letter Senator Markey wrote to EPA Director Lisa Jackson regarding Concerns regarding Dispersants being sprayed on the Gulf.
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As this disaster continues and Fishermen and Coastal People volunteer to assist with the Clean Up I think we need to make sure that their welfare is protected and respected as they volunteer to help with a situation that may indeed be unhealthy. OSHA has printed guidelines that I hope BP is using and honoring.
OSHA fact sheet has ALL the information that people living and working along the Coastline should read as the Slick Grows and fumes and oil has and is reaching shore.
More Revelant Posts re; HairBooms and EPA work etc. See Below:
The Governors Office of Louisanna has Twitter page has updates that are really helpful about staging,damages, organized efforts. Worth checking a few times a day.
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WSJ reported that the TransOcean is trying to limit it's Liability to 27Million.
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BP is still refusing to even TRY HairBooms or HairMats to absorb the Oil Slick ( which astounds me -as they Leak Gushes on with no Relief and they talk about shooting golfballs and tires at it ?) Science Daily explains how the Hair Booms Work. And in spite of BP's stubborness on this issue, Matter of Trust Org is already collecting hair for this cause as they know it has worked on the California Coasts, I encourage you to read their website.
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BBC is asking questions about the Delay in the Disaster Response, asking why was the Response delayed.
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Oil spill video: Times-Picayune reporters give latest updates and coverage.
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Audobon Magazine has update on sealife,
Spill update: Oil might've killed 87 sea turtles, 18 birds, 6 dolphins; oil industry tax hike; leak video.

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Once again Huffington Post has devoted a whole page to this situation. It is to be noted that Think Progress and Truthout and Raw Story and many other blogs have really been tracking Whistleblower concerns, Animal damage and reports from the Gulf States.
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Seafood Resturantes and Suppliers have already started to Sue BP, this has not been reported by Big Media, but local media on the Gulf is starting to Report.
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If you want to help,Volunteer or Donate you can still read more of this post. Thank you for caring for the Gulf.
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Please do scroll down as all the posts below explain about the Volume and the Sat photos explain about the Oil Spill Entering the SE Loop. I will be updating later on Thursday.